Talking less about food helps children eat better & avoid obesity
Published by Tovah Klein Ph.D., Jun 05, 2014 in Our Thriving Children
Excerpt from article.
When does too much focus on a good thing backfire? When we are trying to instill healthy eating habits in children. Our national obsession with good (healthy) and bad (junk) food translates into an unnatural obsession with food. With skyrocketing obesity rates, even amongst children, could there ever be too much talk of healthy eating? Research shows that for growing children the answer is a resounding yes. Back off, say less, eat well yourself and children are more likely to develop healthy eating habits.
From healthy eating, organic, sustainable farming, balanced diets and food pyramids to banning bake sales at school all the way to the realistic concerns about fast food, junk food, sugar and processed food, discussion of food fills the air that children breathe. Rather than creating good eating, this food over-focus has potentially serious negative consequences over a lifetime. Here’s why, and what parents (and other adults involved with children) can do instead to ensure healthy diets and eating habits. >>Read more